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Windows 7: Should I get a new Graphics Card?

08 May 2010   #1

 
 
Should I get a new Graphics Card?

Hey all,

I'm tempted to get a new graphics card. I bought the Computer off of my little brother, and he built it for gaming. The only thing I play is COD, and the graphics seem fine for that. The computer currently has a Nvidia 8600gt graphics card.

However, I do watch A LOT of movies and tv shows on the computer. The quality of watching DVD's isn't the greatest though. Eventually I would like to get a Blueray drive for the computer, so I don't think it would hurt to upgrade the graphics card right now.

What do you guys suggest getting? I was looking into the ATI HD4000 Series, but noticed I would need a display capable of 1080p. I just got dual Samsung Syncmaster 205bw's, so upgrading my display is out of the question if I'll need displays capable of 1080p to utilize the graphics card.

So what do you guys think I should look into getting?

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08 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ulitimate Beta 32 Bit, Windows Vista 32 Bit, Ubuntu 9.10 32 Bit
 
 

hm... budget? and system specs?
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08 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by temiller View Post

What do you guys suggest getting? I was looking into the ATI HD4000 Series, but noticed I would need a display capable of 1080p. I just got dual Samsung Syncmaster 205bw's, so upgrading my display is out of the question if I'll need displays capable of 1080p to utilize the graphics card.

So what do you guys think I should look into getting?
You don't need a display that is capable of 1080p, just a display that is HDCP compliant. ATi's 4800 series cards are compliant, then you'd need a DVI-D or HDMI cable, and lastly the monitor needs to be compliant as well, which the 205bw appears to be.
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08 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ulitimate Beta 32 Bit, Windows Vista 32 Bit, Ubuntu 9.10 32 Bit
 
 

true you don't have to upgrade your monitors.... you'll be fine with those
and a 4850 or so would improve your quality by a good bit
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08 May 2010   #5

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThePizzaMan View Post
hm... budget? and system specs?
Budget - Not really sure right now, I'd like to stay around $150 I think. But that's not set in stone.

Specs - I'm not entirely sure on everything, because I bought the computer from my little bro, but here's what I know it has -

ASRock 775 Dual VSTA motherboard, 1.83 (I think) ghz, 2 gigs ram, and the rest I would have to ask him. After I figured out a graphics card I was going to run it by him to make sure it'll work.

I'll check out the 4850 too.
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08 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

5750 is a nice option as well, about the same performance and lower power requirements.
Runs Cooler too.
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08 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ulitimate Beta 32 Bit, Windows Vista 32 Bit, Ubuntu 9.10 32 Bit
 
 

hm true 5750 is good..... but lets make sure your system would be up to it first
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08 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The only disadvantage to the 4K series is they do not support DX11.

If DX11 support is extremely important to you, you will be disappointed with it.

Beyond that, the 4000 series are excellent cards and can run any game out atm very well at higher settings.

IMHO, the 4870/90s are a excellent choice as theres not much out atm that uses DX11 anyway.
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09 May 2010   #9

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Lets not overlook the power supply needed. You should find out the power supply rating and if it can handle the card your looking at. Also please take the tine to fill in your system specs once you have all of them. Top of page user CP scroll to edit system specs. You can also use this program to find most of them. You'll most likely, if your bro doesn't know need to take off the outer door and find the specs on your power supply written on a tag on it's side. |MG| HWiNFO32 3.50 Download Watts are important but amps on the 12v rail(s) are more. My 2c. Thanks Fabe
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